Annual CT scans of smokers effectively detect early stage lung cancer, the most curable form of the disease, according to results of the 10-year Early Lung Cancer Action Project in New York. More than 80% of the lung cancers found in baseline and subsequent annual CT screenings were Stage I. Although the curability rate as a result of screening probably won't be known with certainty for two years, the early estimate is that as many as 64% of the patients diagnosed with Stage I lung cancer will be cured compared with less than 5% for late-stage types, said Claudia Henschke, the lead investigator on the project and a professor of radiology and chief of chest imaging at New York Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. Findings of the study were presented today at the Radiological Society of North America annual meeting in Chicago. -- by Cinda Becker
CT scans detect early stage lung cancer: report
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